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Factsheet for measure FR-2020-12/743 – measures in France
|Country||France , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 20 March 2020 – 20 April 2020|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Change of work arrangements (working time, rota schemes)
|Author||Frédéric Turlan (IRshare) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||21 April 2020 (updated 20 May 2020)|
In order to avoid the risk of shortages and to improve the fluidity of all road haulage operations, disturbed in particular by the re-establishment of border controls in certain countries, a decree of 20 March 2020 allows the sector to temporarily derogate from the rules on driving time. The derogations were allowed for a 30-days period. According to the decree, the COVID-19 crisis is 'an exceptional situation making it impossible to supply the territory in strict compliance with European regulations on driving and rest periods for road drivers'.
The maximum durations for national and international road haulage operations, as provided for in Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No. 605/2006 of 15 March 2006, are increased by 30 days. The daily driving time is thus limited to 10 hours per day or 11 hours per day twice a week, instead of the nine hours which may be increased to 10 hours twice a week. And the weekly driving time is temporarily limited to 60 hours per week and 102 hours over two consecutive weeks, as opposed to 56 hours and 90 hours over two consecutive weeks under normal circumstances. These provisions are applicable from 21 March 2020 by virtue of a decree dated the same day.
No data yet available.
Employees in standard employment
|Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
No special funding required
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The employers' organisation must have been informed by the Ministry of Transport. There was no known involvement of trade union organisation in the decision.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|H - Transportation And Storage||H49 Land transport and transport via pipelines|
|Occupation (ISCO level 2)|
|Drivers and mobile plant operators|
Eurofound (2020), Derogation from the rules on driving time in road haulage, measure FR-2020-12/743 (measures in France), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/FR-2020-12_743.html
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